Animation is everywhere—from the Internet to the silver screen—and due to the rapid growth of animation in virtually every field and industry, so are animation jobs. Fueled by the worldwide explosion of film and television productions, new and original animated films, and apps and videos for mobile computing devices, the fields of animation and special effects, video games, and e-learning are all expected to grow. This is in addition to the phenomenal widespread growth of industries like mobile gaming, television advertising, digital media, and science and technology. With the high demand for qualified individuals to work in these industries, there has never been a better time to start or advance a career in animation.
Career Opportunities in Animation describes 60 careers in many fields of animation, including art, backgrounds and layouts, design, directing, engineering, film and television animation, game and Web design, painting and texturing, performing, producing, technical production, and writing. Appendixes in this comprehensive new resource include Educational Institutions; Major Trade Periodicals, Newsletters, and Other Publications; Professional, Industry, and Trade Associations; Guilds and Unions; Recommended Animation Industry Web Sites; and U.S. Animation Studios and Production Companies.
Career profiles include:
- Art director
- Character designer
- Effects animator
- Flash animator
- Graphic artist and graphic designer
- Inbetweener (cel animation)
- Layout artist/scene planner
- Motion graphics artist and motion graphics designer
- Production designer
- Software engineer
- Storyboard artist
- Visual development artist.
Index. Appendixes. Bibliography. Glossary.
About the Author(s)
Jeff Lenburg is an award-winning author, celebrity biographer, and nationally acknowledged expert on animated cartoons and has spent nearly three decades researching and writing about this lively art. He is the author of Facts On File's The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons, Third Edition, considered the definitive reference among animation fans. He has written nearly 30 books, including such acclaimed histories of animation as Who's Who in Animated Cartoons and The Great Cartoon Directors. His books have been nominated for several awards, including the American Library Association's "Best Non-Fiction Award" and the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association's Gold Medallion Award for "Best Autobiography/Biography." He lives in Arizona.
Bob Kurtz, founder of the Burbank-based animation studio Kurtz & Friends, writes, designs, and directs entertainment films and television commercials. His work includes animation sequences. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Emmy for the PBS special Roman City, the Peabody Award for the Lily Tomlin special Edith Ann's Christmas, ASIFA Hollywood's Annie Award for Lifetime Achievement, and more than 250 international awards. His films are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, and the ASIFA Archive in Germany. Kurtz was also formerly recognized as Adweek's "Animator of the Year" and as Japan's "Artist of the Year."